Barrel Cactus with Yellow Flowers oil on panel 7" x 9"
Back to oil paint today for this one of a small barrel cactus. When I was in Scottsdale for a workshop in November, I took a few pictures of this small cactus that had tangled little yellow flowers around it. It has been in my mind, so today,as per my rules for the 30 in 30 Challenge, I took a look at the photo for several minutes and tried to hold the basics in mind. Then, off went the computer and I began to paint. I tried to visualize the finished painting and think about all the curved shapes working together. If I'd been working from the photo, I'm pretty sure my values would have been more distinct, but I like this effect as well and decided to call it finished.